Dan Severn

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Dan Severn
Dan Severn 52
Severn in the ring at a 2010 event
Born Daniel DeWayne Severn
(1954-06-08) June 8, 1954 (age 64)
Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.
Other names The Beast
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 250 lb (113 kg; 17 st 12 lb)
Division Heavyweight (265 lb)
Style Wrestling, Judo,
Jujitsu, Sambo
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.
Rank 5th degree black belt in Judo
2nd degree black belt in Jujutsu
1st Razryad international master in Sambo
Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestler
Years active 1994–2013
Mixed martial arts record
Total 127
Wins 101
By knockout 17
By submission 60
By decision 24
Losses 19
By knockout 3
By submission 9
By decision 7
Draws 7
Other information
University Arizona State University
Website http://dansevern.com/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Daniel DeWayne Severn (born June 8, 1958) is an American semi-retired mixed martial artist,[1] actor and occasional professional wrestler, notable for his success in the early years of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) tournaments. Severn has fought and wrestled for many mixed martial arts and professional wrestling promotions (known as Dan "The Beast" Severn in professional wrestling), including King of the Cage, PRIDE FC, Cage Rage, WEC, RINGS, MFC and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). He holds a professional MMA Record of 101–19–7 and is a UFC Hall of Famer and a former UFC Superfight Champion.[2]

Severn is the first man to compete in UFC and WWF (World Wrestling Federation) at the same time and held the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and UFC championships at the same time. Severn is a world record holder for holding 13 championships.[3]

In professional wrestling, Severn is a two-time world champion, having won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship twice, with his first reign lasting for over four years. As of September 2014, Severn still occasionally wrestles.[4] During his short time with the WWF he was most famous for making his entrance with multiple championships and managed by Jim Cornette.[5] Severn's time with WWF lasted close to a year.

In amateur wrestling, Severn was a two time All-American at Arizona State University and a U.S. Olympic Team alternate.[6]

Early life

Severn was born and raised in Coldwater, in mid-Michigan, and grew up on a farm. He learned a lot on the farm and "got his hands dirty".[7]

Severn was a basketball player during junior high school. He was influenced in sports from a young age. During his teen years, he took part in combat sports taking as he competed in Jujutsu and amateur wrestling. He says that the coach approached him to fill in for a weight class in amateur wrestling after a sickness had gone around his school and led to a shortage of competitors, Severn signed to compete for the high school amateur wrestling team and received training.[8]

Acting career

Severn has starred in various movies and television series, starting in 1993 with Rudy, in which he played a football player. The movie is a sports/drama film directed by David Anspaugh.[9]

Severn then appeared in two episodes of Nash Bridges in 1998 and 1999.[10]

In 2005, he played a police captain in Swamp Zombies, an action/horror film directed by Len Kabasinski.[11]

In 2010, Severn acted as an applicant for the movie Minor League: A Football Story directed by Clenet Verdi-Rose. The movie is a sport/comedy/drama about a struggling minor league football team that is not doing well and as their newly signed coach, gives the team a second chance to change things around.[12]

Also in 2010, Severn acted as "The Beast" in the action movie called Kill Factor directed and written by Leo Fong. The plot is about a detective on the track of a serial killer in L.A.[13]

In late 2010, Severn played himself in Tetherball: The Movie directed by Chris Nickin. It is a sports/comedy movie and the plot of the movie is that three friends decide to start a tetherball league and wind up becoming amateur athletes and have "more booze, babes, and balls than they can handle."[14]

In 2012, Severn acted in the amateur wrestling movie Win by Fall directed by Chris Nickin, as the character called Coach Winters. The movie is about a wrestler named Scott Reynolds who is the states best 152 pound wrestler. The teams 171 pound wrestler breaks his leg and coach Winters (acted by Dan Severn) moves Scott up to the 171 pound division. And if Scott wants to go to college and earn a scholarship, in order to do this, he must win in his new weight class.[15]

In 2014, Severn acted in College Fright Night which is a comedy/horror movie directed by Brad Leo Lyon. Severn plays as a police officer.[16]

In 2016, Severn acted as a referee in Beyond the Game which is an action movie directed by Erken Ialgashev and written by J. Stephen Maunder and David Mitchell. The plot summary is contestants in a reality show have to fight to survive.[17]

Also in 2016, Severn starred as the character Rich Chandler in The Fight Within, which is a sport/action/romance movie directed by Michael William Gordon. The movie is based on Logan Chandler, an MMA fighter.[18]

Amateur wrestling career

Severn has a long history in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling. His amateur wrestling career started in high school and according to many was an "absolute machine" at 191.5 pounds. He won both sports' national championships in 1976 and was named the "Outstanding High School wrestler in the nation". Before his 18th birthday, he was already ranked top six in the nation in the open division and placed in the Olympic trials.[19]

Severn was a two time All-American at Arizona State University,[20] the original Sunkist Kid of the Sunkist Kids,[21] and a wrestling coach at both his alma mater Arizona State and Michigan State. In addition to his home country, he has wrestled in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, England, and several other countries.

Severn failed to win in Olympic trials in 1984 and 1988, and was a finalist in the trials. During the 1984 Olympic trials, he lost the final qualifying match in controversial fashion to eventual gold medal winner Lou Banach, a match that Severn credits with launching his career. "I would have retired in 1984 from competition had everything gone the way it should have gone...I should have been on the Olympic freestyle wrestling team and I should have won the gold medal. Instead, I went to Los Angeles as the alternate, and saw the guy I thought I beat win the gold medal. It was really tough for me to swallow that. That's what kept me going on."[19] In his long career, he has held many national and international titles. He was often introduced to the UFC Octagon as holding more than 100 in total. Severn also held the US national record for victories by pin from 1976 to 1992.

Severn began his career in combat sports as a Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestler. He quickly became a top high school and collegiate wrestler capturing many titles, honours, and several national and world titles. As a high school wrestler Severn was a two-time national champion and set eight national records in his career. Severn was inducted into Arizona State University's wrestling hall of fame at the end of his collegiate career.

After completing his degree program and graduation Severn entered numerous competitions from 1982 to 1994 that took him to Japan, Hungary, Cuba, France, and Turkey. On each trip, Severn captured another title. He also secured 13 National AAU wrestling championships during those years. The Beast also tried his hand at coaching wrestling at ASU and Michigan State University as he continued to compete and excel after his collegiate career.

Severn has been profiled in the press around the world in such publications as USA Today, People, Karate and Kung Fu Illustrated, Black Belt Magazine, MAD, Full Contact Fighter, and many of the pro wrestling publications. Severn also runs a wrestling product company and holds annual wrestling clinics for kids of all ages. He has appeared on 48 Hours, 20/20, The Gordon Elliott Show, Nash Bridges, and many commercials.

Severn has developed a 10,000-square-foot (930 m2) training facility on his property called "Michigan Sports Camps" in Coldwater, Michigan. This facility is able to house and train individuals for mixed martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, amateur wrestling and professional wrestling.

Mixed martial arts career

Severn started competing in Judo in college.[22]

In 1994, Severn started competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championships. He was the first world-class wrestler to enter the UFC, foreshadowing the period of dominance by wrestlers such as Don Frye in UFC 8 and 9 and Mark Coleman in UFC 10 and 11. Severn entered the UFC in 1994 at UFC 4: Revenge of the Warriors, where he impressed many UFC fans by executing two impressive back suplexes on Anthony Macias. In the finals of UFC 4, Severn was defeated by Royce Gracie who secured a triangle choke for the victory. The submission loss came after Severn was in Gracie's guard for almost 15 minutes.

Severn soon returned to mixed martial arts competition, defeating several opponents to capture the tournament championship at UFC 5: Return of the Beast. Severn's second fight was with Russian Oleg Taktarov at UFC 5. He won by TKO after the referee stopped the fight due to a cut.

After winning UFC 5, Severn was matched up with Ken Shamrock at UFC 6 to determine the first UFC Superfight Champion, but was defeated by Shamrock early in the fight via submission.

Severn then entered the UFC's Ultimate Ultimate 1995, which at the time was the toughest and most competitive tournament in UFC history, consisting of past UFC tournament champions and runners-up. Severn defeated Paul Varelans, David "Tank" Abbott, and UFC 6 Tournament Champion Oleg Taktarov all in the same night to capture the tournament title.

With this win, Severn earned a rematch and title shot against then current UFC Champion Ken Shamrock for the UFC Superfight Championship. Severn won a split decision in what most fans regard as one of the worst fights in MMA history, mainly due to legal issues surrounding the event.[23] With the win, Severn captured his third title for the promotion.

When Severn made his entrance in his fights, he would carry the National Wrestling Alliance Worlds Heavyweight Championship out of respect for his passion for professional wrestling, vice versa for when he made his entrance in WWF with his UFC Championship.

Severn managed his friend and fellow UFC Champion Don Frye during UFC 8. In 1999, Severn founded a new mixed martial arts promotion intended to provide a platform for amateur fighters, called The Danger Zone, in which Severn has also fought. Severn has also trained and became a mentor to notable mixed martial artists including former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans, The Ultimate Fighter competitor Luke Zachrich, Sean Sherk, and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.[24]

Severn was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at UFC 52.[25]

Severn continued his MMA career on 29 January 2011 by racking up his 97th, and 8th straight, victory in a win over Scott Fraser. In doing so he won the Elite 1 Heavyweight championship. The end came at 4:59 of Round 2 as Fraser tapped to Severn's arm triangle which he has used to secure his last three victories. The event took place at the Casino New Brunswick in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.[26]

Severn successfully defeated Cal Worsham again, this time via unanimous decision in the main event of Legends Collide 2 on 20 February 2011. Held under the long running Gladiator Challenge promotion in San Jacinto, California, Severn picked up his 9th straight win to improve his record to 98-16-7.[27]

Severn earned his 100th career victory on April 16, 2011 with a submission victory over Aaron Garcia at KOTC: Texas.[28]

Severn is one of only 2 fighters to have over 100 wins in mixed martial arts, and he has beaten the other fighter, Travis Fulton and drew against him in the rematch..[citation needed]

Retirement

On January 1, 2013, Severn announced his retirement from MMA competition.[29]

Return to active competition (2016–present)

Severn was scheduled to face fellow mixed martial arts veteran Ken Shamrock on March 20, 2016 in a MMA match for the upstart URFight promotion. However, Shamrock claimed to have been injured during his bout with Royce Gracie at Bellator 149, and later was suspended after his pre-fight blood sample tested positive for banned substances. Tank Abbott was brought in as a late replacement but failed a pre-fight physical and the bout was scrapped altogether. Severn later appeared at the event and stated he plans to continue his fight career and hopes to fight at a future URFight event.[30] Severn later released a statement condemning Shamrock's actions and casting doubt upon his injury claims.[31]

Professional wrestling career

Dan Severn
Born (1958-06-08) June 8, 1958 (age 60)
Flint, Michigan
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Dan Severn
The Beast
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Billed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Billed from Flint, Michigan
Trained by Al Snow
Debut 1991

Early professional wrestling career

As Severn is accomplished in amateur wrestling, is also an accomplished professional wrestler too, having worked for UWF International in Japan, the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Severn claims Lou Thesz as an influence to professional wrestling. Severn suffered more injuries in professional wrestling than Mixed Martial Arts.

Severn originally started competing in professional wrestling in 1992 for UWF-I (Universal Wrestling Federation International) under the Union Of Professional Wrestling Force. This is the international version and not to be confused with UWF-J which is the Japanese version. In his debut match on November 25, 1992, he defeated Yuko Miyato. (also known as Shigeo Miyato)[32] He then defeated the likes of Yoji Anjo, and Kiyoshi Tamura, which lead to 1993. On February 14, 1993, Dan Severn was defeated by Nobuhiko Takada. This was Severn's first official loss in professional wrestling.

On January 28, 1994, Severn began to wrestle for All American Pro Wrestling (AAPW) and faced Shinobi in a winning effort. One day later he beat his former trainer, Al Snow on an AAPW show.[33] Severn began to branch out to other promotions such as Border City Wrestling (BCW) and Continental Championship Wrestling (CCW). On August 13, 1993 in UWF-I, Severn and Gary Albright defeated Kiyoshi Tamura and Nobuhiko Takada. This was Severn's first tag team match, thus beginning his tag team career. 1993 was the first year that Severn made the Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500, at No. 389.[34]

During his time with the Union Of Professional Wrestling Force International, Severn participated in the Best Of The World 1994 tournament, Dan finished before the semi-finals.[35]

On January 6, 1995 at NWA Sabu, Severn defeated Johnny Johnson in a "Wrestling vs Boxer" match. On February 18, 1995, Severn was the number one contender against Bruiser Beldam for Midwest Territorial Wrestling Heavyweight Championship at a MTW show. However the match ended in a no contest thus saw Beldam retain the title.

National Wrestling Alliance (1995-present)

He entered the National Wrestling Alliance in 1995, and defeated Chris Candido for his first NWA World Heavyweight Championship on a Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW) card. Severn went on to win the UFC Super-Fight Heavyweight Championship that year, making him the first and only man to hold an MMA and a professional wrestling championship simultaneously. Severn held the NWA Championship for four years, the longest reign in over two decades and as of currently the third-longest reign in the belt's history. Severn defended the title on various NWA promotions such as NWA New Jersey and Outaia Pro Wrestling.

Severn was ranked No. 4 for the "most inspirational wrestler" award and No. 35 on the PWI 500 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated in 1995.[36]

Severn paid tribute by defending the NWA title on the following shows: On April 12, 1997 on the NWA 2nd Annual Eddie Gilbert Memorial Brawl, Dan Severn fought Dory Funk Jr. and the match ended in a double count-out for Severn to retain the NWA world heavyweight title. On February 28, 1998 on the NWA 3rd Annual Eddie Gilbert Memorial Brawl, Dan Severn defeated Franz Schuhmann to retain the NWA world heavyweight title.

In 2010, Severn was inducted into the NWA Hall of Fame.[37]

World Wrestling Federation (1997-1999)

Severn made his first appearance in the WWF with the NWA worlds heavyweight championship on June 23, 1997 to join the color commentary team. Severn had not signed a contract with WWF by this point. He commentated on Ken Shamrock's match against Rockabilly (Billy Gunn). Ken won the match with a belly-to-belly suplex. After the match, the two had a stare down and eventually shook hands.[38]

As NWA champion, Severn debuted in the World Wrestling Federation in 1998 during a story line where the NWA invaded the WWF. Severn also wrestled on NWA territories at the same time during his tenure with the WWF. Severn was first seen attacking The Headbangers when they were feuding with Bob Holly and Bart Gunn, who were a part of the NWA invasion. In his debut match, he defeated Flash Funk in quick fashion. He was briefly managed by Jim Cornette and who commentated during his matches and helped "get him over". During his entrance, he and Jim carried his titles consisting of UFC/MMA championship belts and the NWA world's heavyweight title. Cornette stated that "He has so many titles he keeps some at home because he can't take them in the airport", which is why Dan brought his most prestigious championships. His character was portrayed as a heel (villain). Like Flash Funk, he defeated multiple opponents afterwards, the likes of Savio Vega and Mosh, in quick fashion and by showing some of his Mixed Martial style and ability. This led to a winning streak. The NWA invasion was brief and saw the debut of The New Midnight Express and a repackaged Jeff Jarrett. Barry Windham was also a member. Severn would tag team with these members from the stable. Severn would then leave the stable soon after to continue further singles competition on his own.

He feuded with old MMA rival Ken Shamrock, where the WWF played up their history in UFC. During his one-year tenure, he competed in the Brawl for All tournament, (a legitimate shoot boxing competition) beating The Godfather in the first round. However, he withdrew prior to the quarterfinals, allowing The Godfather to advance by default. He would also take part in the 1998 King of the Ring tournament, defeating D'Lo Brown and Owen Hart before losing to The Rock in the semi-finals.

Dan made his WWF Shotgun Saturday night debut in the opening match against G.I Will in a squash match. On the June 8, 1998 episode of Monday Night Raw, Severn would (kayfabe) injure Brown's rib cage via the bow and arrow submission hold, causing him to wear a chest protector for the next few months.[39] On July 28, 1998, Severn competed against D'Lo Brown for the WWF European Championship. He would win the match by disqualification, meaning Brown retained the championship.

Later that year he was involved in a storyline with Owen Hart, where Hart caused an (kayfabe) injury to the neck of Severn, via a piledriver.[40] He was part of the 1999 Royal Rumble, being the 8th entrant and lasting almost 6 minutes before being eliminated by Mabel. He left WWF due creative differences. His last match was on the following Raw, where Steve Blackman defeated Severn via disqualification. In house shows leading up to this, Blackman would defeat Severn every time.

According to Severn, WWF asked to him to tattoo "666" on his forehead ("the mark of the beast") and become an Undertaker disciple, presumably as part of his Ministry of Darkness stable forming during that time.[41] This caused Severn to ask for his release from the company.

Severn, in a recorded interview stated that the talent of the locker room was scared of him. He said he noticed this when they referred to him as "Mr. Severn" and thought it was a "rib" (joke) as well as wrestlers avoiding him. He asked one of the talent and they responded saying "You scare us. We're afraid that you're going to wig out in one of our matches."[42]

Independent circuit (2000-present)

Severn appeared in 2000 in the short-lived WXO promotion. In 2002, he again won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, this time from Shinya Hashimoto in Japan. This title reign was controversial and short-lived, as the title was stripped from Severn when he was unable to appear on the inaugural NWA-TNA pay-per-view to defend his title; the belt was won that evening by Ken Shamrock.

Severn founded Price of Glory Wrestling with Mark Pennington, based out of Coldwater, Michigan in June 2004. Utilizing the many students at his pro wrestling school Michigan Sports Camps, they created the now popular promotion running on a monthly basis. Severn has competed many times on Price of Glory Wrestling against the likes of Jimmy Jacobs, N8 Mattson, CJ Otis, Jack Thriller and more. He was a referee for Price of Glory 17: Merry Massacre in 2005.

In 2006 Severn wrestled on AWE, the television series which had 1 season and 7 episodes on the fight network. After this, the AWE folded due to financial issues.

On June 21, 2009 on Price of Glory wrestling (PoG), Severn and Johnny Dynamo had a career vs career match in which the loser has to end their career. Both competitors cut a promo on each other, Dan worked as the face meanwhile Johnny worked as a heel. Johnny, who had the Price of Glory heavyweight championship defended the title in this match. After a technical match-up, Severn came out as the victor and won the Price of Glory Heavyweight championship. The show ended with the two wrestlers showing respect to each other and the roster coming out in respect of the end of Dynamos career.[43]

In 2013, on Great North Wrestling (GNW) Dan faced Hannibal for the Great North Wrestling Canadian Championship in a losing effort.[44]

In May 2016, Dan signed with AIW for a promotional deal. He was put into a championship tournament named the "JT Lightning Invitational Tournament 2016" Severn advanced by defeating Colin Delaney. Severn was knocked out of the tournament in the semi finals in a fatal four-way match when Raymond Rowe was the victor against Dan, Tim Donst and Tracey Williams.

On February 4, 2017, Severn was inducted into the War Wrestling Hall of Fame in Lima, OH.

On May 12, 2017, Dan Severn competed at Gladiator Championship Wrestling against Brent Myers in a winning effort via his Beast Choker finishing submission move. Then on June 3, Dan returned to Price of Glory Wrestling where he defeated "so fine" Frank Isaac Anderson, who Severn trained to become a professional wrestler.

Personal life

Severn was born in Flint, Michigan, and went to high school at Hill McCloy HS located in Montrose, Michigan. He has four brothers. He and his four brothers were All-American wrestlers in high school and college.[45] Severn has five children. His son, David Severn, is a professional and amateur wrestler. He has won two state championships in his home-state of Michigan.[46][47][48]

Severn has an autobiography published named The Realest Guy in the Room: The Life and Times of Dan Severn. It was co-authored by Ian Douglass and was originally published on July 7, 2016.[49]

In August 2016, Severn called out Brock Lesnar on his PED usage in the UFC. Severn made it clear on a Reddit page that he doesn't "think positive" of Lesnar.[50]

Severn owns his own mixed martial arts camp in Coldwater, Michigan.[51]

In other media

Severn is featured on the front covers of many MMA magazines such as the Tae Kwon Do Times and Karate Kung-fu.[52]

Championships and accomplishments

Amateur wrestling

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 101–19–7 Alex Rozman Decision (unanimous) Blue Blood MMA April 28, 2012 3 5:00 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Loss 100–19–7 Lee Beane KO (punches) Paul Vandale Promotions: The Beast Comes East May 20, 2011 1 3:28 Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 100–18–7 Ryan Fortin KO (punches) King Of The Cage: Mile Zero April 29, 2011 3 4:04 Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada
Win 100–17–7 Aaron Garcia Submission (neck crank) KOTC: Texas April 16, 2011 1 2:18 Lubbock, Texas, United States
Win 99–17–7 Cal Worsham Decision (unanimous) Gladiator Challenge: Legends Collide 2 February 20, 2011 3 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 98–17–7 Scott Fraser Submission (arm-triangle choke) Elite-1 MMA: Tapping Out January 29, 2011 1 4:59 Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada Won Elite-1 MMA Heavyweight Title
Win 97–17–7 William Hatch Submission (arm-triangle choke) King of the Cage: Black Ops December 4, 2010 1 4:23 Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada
Win 96–17–7 Tom Benesocky Submission (arm-triangle choke) King of the Cage 48 November 21, 2010 1 1:33 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 95–17–7 Chad Olmstead TKO (punches) King of the Cage: Lock Down July 30, 2010 2 1:27 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 94–17–7 Sam Flood Submission (guillotine choke) King of the Cage: Fearless April 24, 2010 1 4:24 Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Win 93–17–7 Buddie Dixion TKO (punches) King of the Cage: Thunderstruck ll March 18, 2010 2 2:22 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 92–17–7 Eddie Trotter TKO (doctor stoppage) GFC: Gladiator Fighting Championship October 24, 2009 1 5:00 Jenkins, Kentucky, United States
Win 91–17–7 Woody Young Submission (arm-triangle choke) KOTC: Disputed July 25, 2009 2 2:31 Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, United States
Win 90–17–7 Steve Eakins Decision (unanimous) Gladiator Challenge: The Beast May 16, 2009 3 5:00 Elko, Nevada, United States
Loss 89–17–7 William Richey Decision (split) Iroquois: MMA Championships 7 January 24, 2009 3 5:00 Hagersville, Ontario, Canada
Loss 89–16–7 Pavel Botka Decision Heaven or Hell: Hell Cage May 3, 2008 N/A N/A Prague, Czech Republic
Win 89–15–7 Damon Clark Submission (kimura) WFC: Armageddon April 12, 2008 1 2:30 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 88–15–7 Colin Robinson Decision (unanimous) Cage Wars: Max Extreme fighting March 9, 2008 3 N/A Belfast, Northern Ireland
Win 87–15–7 Ian Asham Submission (kimura) Iroquois: MMA Championships II February 9, 2008 N/A N/A Ohsweken, Ontario, United States
Win 86–15–7 Don Richards Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Bad Boys November 21, 2007 3 5:00 Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States
Win 85–15–7 Jimmy Westfall Decision (unanimous) Universal Fight Promotions October 13, 2007 3 5:00 New Mexico, United States
Win 84–15–7 Mark Smith TKO (corner stoppage) Titans of the Pentagon September 22, 2007 1 N/A San José, Costa Rica
Win 83–15–7 Victor Vincelette Submission (choke) WFC: Rumble in the Red Rocks June 9, 2007 1 1:35 Camp Verde, Arizona, United States
Win 82–15–7 Terrell Pree Submission (armbar) WVF: Minot April 21, 2007 1 4:18 Minot, North Dakota, United States
Win 81–15–7 Jason Keith Submission (rear-naked choke) GC 60: Invasion March 23, 2007 1 2:36 Farmington, New Mexico, United States
Win 80–15–7 Kasey Geyer Submission (rear-naked choke) CCCF: Riverwind Rumble February 24, 2007 2 1:25 Norman, Oklahoma, United States
Win 79–15–7 Clifford Coon Submission (rear-naked choke) CCCF: Red River Riot February 17, 2007 1 1:53 Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 78–15–7 Dave Legeno Decision (unanimous) Cage Rage 20 February 10, 2007 3 5:00 London, England
Win 78–14–7 Wade Hamilton Submission (americana) KOTC: Mass Destruction January 26, 2007 1 3:08 Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States
Win 77–14–7 Chris Clark Submission (heel hook) IFC: Rumble on the River 2 November 10, 2006 1 3:08 Kearney, Nebraska, United States
Win 76–14–7 Brian Heden Decision (split) NFA: Night of the Beast September 23, 2006 4 5:00 Fargo, North Dakota, United States
Win 75–14–7 Skip Hall Submission (choke) Independent event August 26, 2006 1 N/A Alabama, United States
Win 74–14–7 Lanny Griffin Submission (scarf hold) Indiana Martial Arts August 12, 2006 1 0:46 Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Win 73–14–7 Robert Berry Submission (rear-naked choke) MMA Total Combat 16 June 3, 2006 1 4:21 Spennymoor, England
Win 72–14–7 Victor Vincelette Submission (punches) WFC: Rumble in the Rockies January 21, 2006 1 1:22 Loveland, Colorado, United States
Loss 71–14–7 Joop Kasteel KO (punch) Rings Holland: Men of Honor December 11, 2005 1 1:28 Utrecht, Netherlands
Win 71–13–7 Tyson Smith Submission (punches) Action Wrestling Entertainment October 5, 2005 1 4:12 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Loss 70–13–7 Victor Valimaki Decision (unanimous) MFC 8: Resurrection September 9, 2005 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 70–12–7 Rick Collup Submission (knees) GC 39: Titans Collide July 17, 2005 2 3:11 Porterville, California, United States
Win 69–12–7 Shannon Ritch Submission (triangle choke) Extreme Wars: X-1 July 2, 2005 2 1:05 Honolulu, United States
Win 68–12–7 Shannon Ritch Submission (americana) Northern Fighting Championships June 3, 2005 2 N/A Alaska, United States
Loss 67–12–7 Bob Stines Submission (punches) Warrior: MMA 4 March 12, 2005 1 0:52 Corbin, Kentucky, United States
Win 67–11–7 Cal Worsham TKO (doctor stoppage) GC 34: Legends Collide January 27, 2005 3 3:29 Colusa, California, United States
Win 66–11–7 Lee Mein TKO Continental Fighting Championships November 20, 2004 2 1:41 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Loss 65–11–7 James Thompson Decision (unanimous) UC 11: Wrath of the Beast September 12, 2004 5 5:00 Bristol, England
Win 65–10–7 Chad Rafdel TKO (corner stoppage) AFA: Beast July 31, 2004 1 3:00 Iowa, United States
Win 64–10–7 Hidetada Irie Decision (unanimous) Gladiator FC: Day 1 June 26, 2004 3 5:00 Seoul, South Korea
Win 63–10–7 Ruben Villareal Decision (split) GC 27: FightFest 2 June 3, 2004 2 5:00 Colusa, California, United States
Win 62–10–7 Greg Lockhart Submission Dangerzone: Professional Level Cage Fighting April 10, 2004 2 1:45 Osceola, Iowa, United States
Win 61–10–7 Johnathan Ivey Decision (unanimous) Hardcore Fighting Championships 3 March 27, 2004 N/A N/A Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Loss 60–10–7 Tony Bonello Submission (rear naked choke) XFC 4: Australia vs The World March 19, 2004 1 1:36 Brisbane, Australia
Loss 60–9–7 Ulysses Castro Submission (verbal) Enter the Beast March 6, 2004 3 2:45 Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Draw 60–8–7 Jerry Vrbanovic Draw KOTC 33: After Shock February 20, 2004 2 5:00 San Jacinto, California, United States
Loss 60–8–6 Seth Petruzelli Decision (unanimous) KOTC 32: Bringing Heat January 24, 2004 3 5:00 Miami, Florida, United States
Win 60–7–6 Ray Seraille Submission (armbar) Pacific X-Treme Combat January 17, 2004 3 2:03 Mangilao, Guam, United States
Win 59–7–6 Mathias Hughes Submission Seasons Beatings December 18, 2003 1 2:40 Winnipeg, Canada
Draw 58–7–6 Homer Moore Draw RITC 54: 'The Beast' vs 'The Rock' October 25, 2003 3 3:00 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 58–7–5 Gary Dudley TKO (punches) Gladiator Challenge 18 August 21, 2003 1 2:08 Colusa, California, United States
Win 57–7–5 Dan Christison Decision (split) KOTC 24: Mayhem June 14, 2003 3 5:00 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 56–7–5 Shane Moore Submission Hardcore Fighting Championships 1 May 24, 2003 2 0:46 Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win 55–7–5 Cory Timmerman Decision (unanimous) KOTC 23: Sin City May 16, 2003 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 54–7–5 Ulysses Castro Decision MFC 6: Road To Gold February 22, 2003 3 5:00 Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Draw 54–6–5 Pat Stano Draw War at the Shore January 17, 2003 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 54–6–4 Mike Ward Submission (bulldog choke) UC 4: Eyes of the Beast December 1, 2002 3 1:42 Chippenham, England
Win 53–6–4 Justin Eilers Decision (unanimous) VFC 3: Total Chaos November 23, 2002 3 5:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 52–6–4 Mark Smith Submission (americana) KOTC 18: Sudden Impact November 1, 2002 1 2:56 Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 51–6–4 Dan Christison Decision Aztec Challenge 1 September 6, 2002 3 5:00 Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Win 50–6–4 John Jensen TKO (corner stoppage) KOTC 14: 5150 June 19, 2002 1 5:00 Bernalillo, New Mexico, United States
Win 49–6–4 Steve Sayegh Submission (punches) Dangerzone: Caged Heat April 13, 2002 1 5:45 New Town, North Dakota, United States
Win 48–6–4 Forrest Griffin Decision (unanimous) RSF 5: New Blood Conflict October 27, 2001 3 4:00 Augusta, Georgia, United States
Draw 47–6–4 Travis Fulton Draw Iowa Challenge 3 September 22, 2001 3 5:00 Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Win 47–6–3 Lenn Walker Submission (punches) UW: St. Paul July 15, 2001 1 1:49 Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win 46–6–3 Travis Fulton Decision (unanimous) WEC 1 June 30, 2001 3 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 45–6–3 Wes Sims Decision (unanimous) RSF 2: Attack at the Track June 23, 2001 3 4:00 Chester, West Virginia, United States
Win 44–6–3 Harry Moskowitz Submission (americana) Reality Combat Fighting 11 May 10, 2001 1 2:12 Houma, Louisiana, United States
Loss 43–6–3 Jonathan Wiezorek Submission (choke) RSF 1: Redemption in the Valley April 21, 2001 2 1:03 Wheeling, West Virginia, United States
Win 43–5–3 Aaron Keeney Submission (americana) Dangerzone: Insane In Ft. Wayne November 25, 2000 1 2:03 Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Win 42–5–3 Travis Fulton Submission (rear-naked choke) Dangerzone: Night of the Beast October 28, 2000 1 2:01 Lynchburg, Virginia, United States
Loss 41–5–3 Pedro Rizzo TKO (leg kicks) UFC 27 September 22, 2000 1 1:32 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 41–4–3 Andrei Kopylov Decision (unanimous) Rings: Millennium Combine 3 August 23, 2000 2 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 40–4–3 John Dixson Submission (americana) Continental Freefighting Alliance 2 July 19, 2000 1 5:18 Corinth, Mississippi, United States
Win 39–4–3 Ron Rumpf Submission (americana) Dangerzone: Battle At The Bear July 8, 2000 1 0:54 New Town, North Dakota, United States
Win 38–4–3 Robert Stines Submission (neck crank) Dangerzone: Ft. Wayne 2 May 20, 2000 1 0:44 Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Win 37–4–3 Marcus Silveira Submission (arm-triangle choke) WEF 9: World Class May 13, 2000 1 4:46 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 36–4–3 Bart Vale TKO (doctor stoppage) CFA 1: Collision at the Crossroads March 25, 2000 2 0:36 Corinth, Mississippi, United States
Loss 35–4–3 Josh Barnett Submission (armbar) SuperBrawl 16 February 8, 2000 4 1:21 Honolulu, United States
Win 35–3–3 Mark Jaquith Decision Dangerzone: Ft. Wayne November 22, 1999 1 15:00 Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Win 34–3–3 Phil Ortiz Submission (americana) Extreme Challenge 28 October 9, 1999 1 1:55 Ogden, Utah, United States
Win 33–3–3 David Ferguson Submission (punches) Dangerzone: Ft. Smith September 18, 1999 1 8:36 Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Win 32–3–3 Nick Starks Decision Ultimate Reality Fighting July 18, 1999 N/A 0:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 31–3–3 Brad Kohler TKO (slam) Ultimate Wrestling June 25, 1999 1 7:57 Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Win 30–3–3 Slade Martin Submission (americana) Dangerzone: Mahnomen June 19, 1999 1 3:30 Mahnomen, Minnesota, United States
Win 29–3–3 Ross Quam Submission (jaw lock) Brawl in the Black Hills 1 May 15, 1999 1 N/A Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
Win 28–3–3 Kevin Rosier Submission (bulldog choke) Cage Combat 1 December 8, 1998 1 1:00 Conesville, Iowa, United States
Win 27–3–3 Joe Frailey Submission (armbar) SuperBrawl 9 September 19, 1998 1 4:02 El Paso, Texas, United States
Draw 26–3–3 Pat Miletich Draw Extreme Challenge 20 August 22, 1998 1 20:00 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 26–3–2 Chris Franco TKO (doctor stoppage) SuperBrawl 8 August 4, 1998 1 4:55 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 25–3–2 Sam Adkins Submission (Fatigue) International Fighting Championships 8: Showdown at Shooting Star June 20, 1998 1 12:53 Mahnomen, Minnesota, United States
Win 24–3–2 Steve Miller Submission (rear-naked choke) World Shoot Wrestling June 12, 1998 1 5:45 Pasadena, Texas, United States
Win 23–3–2 John Calvo TKO (punches) SuperBrawl 7 April 25, 1998 1 3:38 Guam, United States
Win 22–3–2 Travis Fulton Submission (americana) Gladiators 2 April 18, 1998 1 10:39 Iowa, United States
Win 21–3–2 Kevin Rosier TKO (knees) Extreme Challenge 15 February 27, 1998 1 0:53 Muncie, Indiana, United States
Draw 20–3–2 Kimo Leopoldo Draw (time limit) Pride 1 October 11, 1997 1 30:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 20–3–1 John Renfroe Submission (americana) International Fighting Championships 6: Battle at Four Bears September 20, 1997 1 2:28 New Town, North Dakota, United States
Win 19–3–1 John Dixson Submission (punches) International Fighting Championships 5: Battle in the Bayou September 5, 1997 1 2:33 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Win 18–3–1 Lance Gibson Submission (americana) SuperBrawl 5 August 23, 1997 1 26:22 Guam, United States
Win 17–3–1 Paul Buentello Submission (headlock) Unified Shoot Wrestling Federation 6 August 16, 1997 1 2:55 Amarillo, Texas, United States
Win 16–3–1 Ebenezer Fontes Braga TKO (doctor stoppage) International Vale Tudo Championship 1: Real Fight Tournament July 6, 1997 1 8:17 Brazil
Draw 15–3–1 Jeremy Horn Draw Extreme Challenge 7 June 25, 1997 1 20:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Win 15–3 John Renfroe TKO (punches) Extreme Challenge 6 May 10, 1997 1 2:29 Battle Creek, Michigan, United States
Loss 14–3 Mark Coleman Submission (neck crank) UFC 12 February 7, 1997 1 2:57 Dothan, Alabama, United States For UFC Heavyweight Championship
Win 14–2 Steven Goss Submission (rear-naked choke) Extreme Challenge 1 November 23, 1996 1 1:53 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 13–2 Mitsuhiro Matsunaga Submission (reverse armbar) U-Japan November 17, 1996 1 1:32 Tokyo, Japan
Win 12–2 Mario Neto Decision Universal Vale Tudo Fighting 4 October 22, 1996 1 40:00 Brazil
Win 11–2 Dennis Reed Submission (neck crank) Brawl at the Ballpark 1 September 1, 1996 1 4:10 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 10–2 Doug Murphy Submission (americana) Vale Tudo Japan 1996 July 7, 1996 1 3:23 Urayasu, Chiba, Japan
Win 9–2 Ken Shamrock Decision (split) UFC 9 May 17, 1996 1 30:00 Detroit, Michigan, United States Won UFC Superfight Championship
Win 8–2 Oleg Taktarov Decision (unanimous) Ultimate Ultimate 1995 December 16, 1995 1 30:00 Denver, Colorado, United States Won Ultimate Ultimate 95 Tournament
Win 7–2 Tank Abbott Decision (unanimous) Ultimate Ultimate 1995 December 16, 1995 1 18:00 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 6–2 Paul Varelans Submission (arm-triangle choke) Ultimate Ultimate 1995 December 16, 1995 1 1:40 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 5–2 Ken Shamrock Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 6 July 14, 1995 1 2:14 Casper, Wyoming, United States For UFC Superfight Championship
Win 5–1 Dave Beneteau Submission (americana) UFC 5 April 7, 1995 1 3:01 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States Won UFC 5 Tournament
Win 4–1 Oleg Taktarov TKO (cut) UFC 5 April 7, 1995 1 4:21 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Win 3–1 Joe Charles Submission (rear naked choke) UFC 5 April 7, 1995 1 1:38 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Loss 2–1 Royce Gracie Submission (triangle choke) UFC 4 December 16, 1994 1 15:49 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 2–0 Marcus Bossett Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 4 December 16, 1994 1 0:52 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 1–0 Anthony Macias Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 4 December 16, 1994 1 1:45 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

See also

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Further reading

  • The Realest Guy in the Room: The Life and Times of Dan Severn (July 2016) ISBN 9781326723835
  • The Ultimate Guide to Preventing and Treating MMA Injuries: Featuring advice from UFC Hall of Famers Randy Couture, Ken Shamrock, Bas Rutten, Pat Miletich, Dan Severn and more! (May 2016) ISBN 9781770411722

External links

  • Official website
  • Professional MMA record for Dan Severn from Sherdog
  • "Dan Severn". UFC.com.
  • Website of the film Catch - the hold not taken, featuring Dan Severn, a documentary on the impact of wrestling in the UFC
  • Interview on Genickbruch.com
  • Dan Severn at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • Dan Severn's interview with John Kline of Elevation Radio
  • MuscleSport Radio interview with Joe Pietaro, June 16, 2009
  • Dan Severn on IMDb


Achievements
Preceded by
Ken Shamrock
2nd UFC Superfight Champion
May 17, 1996 - February 7, 1997
Final Superfight
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